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Ach, hätt' ich Engelzungen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach, hätt' ich Engelzungen,
Ich hätt' euch wohl gesungen
Das süße, liebe Lied,
Das mir so still und selig
Im jungen Herzen glüht.

Ich weiß ja keine Weisen,
Den Herren so zu preisen,
Den Vater, treu und mild,
Wie meine ganze Seele
Ihm singt und jauchzt und spielt.

Ich muß mein Haupt Ihm neigen,
Kann weinen nur und schweigen
In Seligkeit und Schmerz;
Ach Kind, Er weiß dein Lieben,
Er sieht dir ja in's Herz.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Lieder von Luise M. Hensel, herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. C. Schlüter, Paderborn: Verlag von Ferdinand Schönigh, 1869, page 1.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Quiet praise of God", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2013-09-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
Line count: 15
Word count: 75

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Quiet praise of God

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ah, had I the tongues of angels,
I would have sung well for you
The sweet, dear song
That, quietly and blissfully,
Glows in my young heart.

But I know no melodies
With which to praise the Lord,
The Father, faithful and gentle,
In the way that my entire soul
Sings, rejoices and plays at the thought of Him.

I must bow my head before Him,
I can only weep and fall silent
In bliss and pain;
Ah, child, He knows your loving,
For he can see into your heart.

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Title used by Hoffmann: "Praise of God"


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Text added to the website: 2013-09-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
Line count: 15
Word count: 90